Social Science PhD Listings

Recent Graduates

Evan Andrews

Evan Andrews -

My general area of research is subnational political economy.  My dissertation examines how electoral rules affect political competition and public spending, using the case of Brazilian municipalities.  I also have working papers on local government management of natural resource revenue, and on local-government adoption of own-source tax revenue in a rentier economy. 

Nicholas J. Armstrong

Nicholas John Armstrong -

 Dr. Armstrong is the Senior Director of Research and Policy at Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs. His research interests include organizational issues related to national security policy, focusing on strategic management, U.S. interagency policy-making, and post-conflict reconstruction. 

Maria T. Brown

Maria T. Brown -

Dr. Brown is Professor of Practice in the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. A social gerontologist who uses the life course perspective to research the later-life experiences of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, women, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities, she is also interested in the long-term care experiences of cognitively disabled older adults and their caregivers. A Hartford Geriatric Social Work Doctoral Fellow for 2008-2010, her research interests include the experiences of underserved and underrepresented groups of elderly (racial/ethnic and sexual minorities, the poor and the mentally ill). In 2010, she received the Gerontological Society of America’s Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) Section Student Research Award at the Dissertation Level. Her work has been published in The Gerontologist, the Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and the Encyclopedia of Health and Aging.     

Choi, Changyong

Changyong Choi -

Dr. Choi is currently Assistant Professor at the Korea Development Institute, Seoul, South Korea. His research interests are in market development, democratization, and governance reform in former communist countries. His current work explores the phenomenon of “marketization from the bottom” in North Korea since the mid 1990s and its impact on information flow, behavior and motivation in both the state apparatus and the populace of the country.  

Ms. Saheli Datta,

Saheli Datta -

Dr. Datta's  principal research interests are in the areas of Human Rights and International Law. In particular, her research focuses on refugees and human rights in South Asia, looking at the causes of displacement of Rohingya refugees from Burma and exploring possible solutions to the resulting refugee crisis.

Hill, Dana

Dana Michelle Hill -

Dr. Hill's research examines how the most marginalized Ecuadorians – rural women of color – understand and respond to a new constitution that grants them full citizenship rights. Its purpose is advancing knowledge about the processes through which women’s consciousness is heightened to make them more critically engaged citizens, a development that is crucial for the full development of democracy and the quest for justice in Ecuador.

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson -

Dr. Johnson studies economic citizenship, food bio-politics, distributive justice, the role business interests play in shaping U.S. and global food landscapes, and how broad based social movements resist these influences. Her dissertation research specifically looks at science and the consumer role in the trans fat policy in NYC through a political economy lens.

Lindsey Kingston

Lindsey Kingston -

Dr. Kingston is currently Assistant Professor of International Human Rights in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She also serves as Director of the B.A. program in International Human Rights and as Associate Director of the Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies. Her research interests include citizenship theory, conflict resolution, human rights, and issues surrounding the condition of statelessness.  

Jesse D. Lecy

Jesse D. Lecy -

Dr. Lecy is Associate Professor of the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. His research focuses on economic analysis of non-profit markets, social innovation, organizational effectiveness and community development outcomes.

Alma L. Lowry

Alma Louise Lowry -

Dr. Lowry's research interests include conflict resolution and public participation in the environmental policy process. Of particular interest is the concept and process of public participation in administrative decision making, whether it is effective; what makes it effective, particularly for traditionally disempowered groups; and whether such participation can further environmental justice or other social justice goals.  

Sarah A. Marusek

Sarah Ann Marusek -

Dr. Marusek's work examines the role of charity in Islamic societies, mostly focusing on participatory welfare practices in Iran and Lebanon. Her research medology draws on a critical trans-disciplinary framework and in her dissertation used ethnographic methods to map out the welfare systems in the Shi’i communities of Lebanon, a population that has been historically marginalized by the Lebanese state and society. 

Todd Metcalfe

Todd Metcalfe -

My work is broadly concerned with environmental policy and economics. My current research focuses on how climate change policy impacts pollution of waterways.

Gearoid Millar

Gearoid Millar -

Dr. Millar is Lecturer in Peace and Reconciliation at Aberdeen University, Scotland. His research focuses on international conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation in light of how alternate concepts of justice, truth, reconciliation, and peace complicate the application of western derived peacebuilding projects constructed on normative western conceptions of these social goods.

Christopher P. Morley

Christopher Morley -

Dr. Morley is Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the Upstate Medical University of New York. His main research interests are in health disparities in primary care. He is also active in medical education, and maintains secondary interests in psychiatric genetics, research design, practice-based research networks, and medical ethics.

Anthony J. Nocella

Anthony J. Nocella, II -

Dr. Nocella is a visiting professor at Hamline University School of Education. His research interests include peace and conflict studies, terrorism and security studies, criminal and restorative justice, critical pedagogy, and disability studies.

Ms. Bandita Sijapati

Bandita Sijapati -

Dr. Sijapati is Assistant Professor at the University of Nepal. Her principal research interests are in the areas of political socialization, citizenship and immigration, as well as conflict studies, democratic transition, and identity politics.

Todd Sodano

Todd Sodano -

Todd Sodano is Associate Professor, and Director of Film and Television Studies at St. John Fisher College. His research examines the production, distribution and reception of the HBO series The Wire and the influence of television critics during its five-season run. His general areas of research interest are in the social impact of mass media and include cable television's fragmentation of the TV viewing audience and how this has influenced television industrially, artistically and socially.

Ms. Gae Hee Song

Gae Hee Song -

Dr. Song's research interests are in international migration and refugee movements, particularly those from North Korea to South Korea.

Srinivasan, Vivek

Vivek Srinivasan -

Dr. Srinivasan manages the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. The research center is concerned with the role of technology in fostering democracy, human rights and development. His primary research interest is on India’s public services and in his current role he is experimenting with ways of making government transparent to people in rural areas through mobile phones.

Anya Stanger

Anya Elizabeth Stanger -

Anya Stanger ('15) is an affiliate in the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Department at UC Davis, and teaches Sociology and Women's Studies at Sierra College.  She is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation, tentatively titled "Privileged Resistance:  Prisoners of Conscience in the US, 1980-2009." 

Amy Tweedy

Amy Tweedy -

Dr. Amy Tweedy is Assistant Vice President for Program and Partnerships at SUNY Empire State College. Her research interests include the study of geographies of emotion, sexuality and space, the sociology of work, women's studies and queer theory.  

Ms. Lili Wang

Lili Wang -

Dr. Wang is Instructor in the Mathematics Department at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.Her research interests are in information technology application and management, user-centered evaluation of IT initiatives, and the experimental study of IT implementation within organizations.

Brandy Witthoft

Brandy Witthoft -

Brandy Witthoft is currently the Director of USAID (United States Agency for International Development). Her primary research interests are in the areas of forced human migration, refugee resettlement in the United States, and United States immigration policy and practice. Her secondary interests are in social and economic development, especially with regards to Africa.